Resources
A Life Irrevocably Changed

“I was responding ‘lights and sirens’ to an emergency call and was stopped at a traffic light,” Jason Schechterle recalls. He describes the event as part of an average, ordinary day in his life as a Phoenix, Arizona, police officer. “There was a taxicab driver nearby who had suddenly suffered a seizure, and lost control of his cab,” he explains, “and he just happened to be heading toward the intersection where I was parked.” The cab hurtled through the intersection at more than 100 miles per hour, striking Jason’s patrol car—the car exploded, consuming the car and Jason in flames. In seconds, Jason’s life was irrevocably changed.

Getting Back to Life Resources Men's Stories Survivor Stories Personal Stories Police Officer Jason Schechterle
Read More
A Parent’s Perspective

“Mrs. Assad, you need to accept that your son has suffered a burn injury and is badly scarred. Scars are ugly. We don’t like them, but we can’t take them away. They are a part of who your son is now. This burn is severe; you are lucky William is alive. That is all you should be focused on right now.” Hearing from a renowned burn specialist in New York City that his only remedy for the injury was acceptance left me stunned. Waking up to the realization that my son would forever be changed as a result of the accident opened the floodgates of guilt, and I found myself stuck in a dark place. Alicia Assad was able to move forward from guilt to gratitude. Read more to find out how she did it.

Getting Back to Life Resources For Parents Parent And Child Personal Stories Grief and Trauma Women's Stories Guilt Child Burn injured children Survivor Stories Families and Friends
Read More
A Sister Discovers Trauma Doesn’t Just Exist With the One Who Was Hurt

Kristi Calman-Fowler tells her story as the sister to a burn survivor, showing that trauma doesn't only affect the one injured.

Personal Stories Grief and Trauma Families and Friends For Parents Getting Back to Life
Read More
Bearing Witness - Station Nightclub Fire 2003 - 2013

Ten years after a fire killed 100 people at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island, Rob Feeney, a survivor, returned to the site to remember the fiancee and friends he lost, and recount how he became a champion of fire sprinklers. (Reprint with permission from NFPA Journal® [Vol.107, #1] , copyright© 2013, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA. www.nfpajournal.org. All Rights Reserved.)

Personal Stories Advocacy Phoenix Advocate The Station Station Nightclub Fire Men's Stories
Read More
Burn Survivor and Firefighter Finds the Good in a Bad Situation

Detroit firefighter John Bynum, burn-injured on the job, shares his journey of physical and emotional recovery...and the camaraderie he discovered between burn survivors at Phoenix World Burn Congress.

Kathy Edwards Personal Stories Men's Stories For Firefighters WBC World Burn Phoenix World Burn Congress
Read More
Burn Survivors Take Cue From J.R., Advocate on Behalf of Phoenix Society

Cindy Rutter, burn survivor, long-term Phoenix Society Advocate and Phoenix SOAR coordinator takes every opportunity to increase burn awareness, prevent burn injuries and improve the quality of burn care. This included her involvement with J.R. Martinez's participation in 'Dancing With The Stars'. It was here she says she realized the impact of advocating for burn survivors. She encourages other survivors to "step out" and share their story.

Getting Back to Life Advocacy Personal Stories SOAR Men's Stories Women's Stories
Read More
Dealing With Debt

This article discusses the challenges of accumulating debt through the stories of several individuals. It explains how they might have made different choices and provides suggestions for handling debt, using the skills of Certified Financial Planners, and several web sites that allow you to manage your credit scores.

Personal Stories Resources financial
Read More
Facing Motherhood: Female Burn Survivors Tell Their Stories

Burn Survivors tell their stories of motherhood, ranging from difficulty conceiving, worries about how their injuries would affect pregnancy, and concerns about how their children would respond to their scars.

Personal Stories Getting Back to Life For Parents Parent And Child Women's Stories Health
Read More
Family Finds Support in UBelong Program at World Burn Congress

16-year-old Domenic Vinacco learned tools and tips through the Phoenix Society's UBelong Program, which helped him and his family find resources and support.

WBC Families and Friends Getting Back to Life Personal Stories For Parents For Children Parent And Child Kids
Read More
Gaining and Maintaining a Healthy Body Image

This article includes tips for maintaining a healthy body image, as well as personal stories about three burn survivors who have struggled with body image.

Wellness Personal Stories Getting Back to Life
Read More
J.R. Martinez: Fighting the Battle of a Lifetime

J.R. Martinez was only 19 years old when he was burned in Iraq. He found a renewed purpose in his life through helping other injured soldiers regain hope.

Personal Stories World Burn WBC Getting Back to Life Peer Support Men's Stories JR Martinez
Read More
Joe Kinan - Joy After Tragedy

Read PEOPLE magazine article about two of our friends, Joe Kinan and Carrie Pratt, who met at Phoenix World Burn Congress in 2007. What a journey!

Men's Stories Personal Stories Joe Kinan
Read More
Joe Kinan: A Recovery Defined by a Desire for Independence

Joe Kinan, burned in the Rhode Island Station Nightclub Fire, had a lot to adjust to after his burn injury. This article shares his story of struggling for independence and moving past his injury.

Getting Back to Life Personal Stories Men's Stories Phoenix World Burn Congress Phoenix WBC
Read More
Kyle Maynard ‘No Excuses’ Private

Phoenix World Burn Congress 2012 keynote speaker, Kyle Maynard’s No Excuses presentation is teaching audiences around the world that there are no worthy excuses. No matter how challenging your difficulties may seem, everyone has the ability to overcome; Kyle will show you how. Maynard was born with a condition known as congenital amputation that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees. Crowds are spellbound as Kyle chronicles his life experiences and relates his emotions to each individual group. Maynard’s accomplishments as an athlete speak for themselves, but he believes it’s a part of his mission to show others they’re capable of achieving greatness in their lives as well.

Podcast Personal Stories
Read More
Milestones and Life Events: The Cycle of Healing (Part I)

In this article, James Bosch reflects on his experience as an adult burned as an infant as he experienced life's milestones.

Getting Back to Life Professionals Wellness Personal Stories Women's Stories Men's Stories
Read More

Page 1 of 2 pages  1 2 >